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4 years ago

Dell Thunder Android protoype gets a thorough hands on

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Dell Thunder

While we drool over all the new phones we hear about, the Thunder prototype units the Engadget got their hands on are certainly near the top of the want list, and they're sharing a really nice preview of what's to come.  Ever since we first heard about the Thunder back in April, the curved glass screen and sleek styling have stood out and even though these are just prototype units, they sure look good.

We do know it has a Snapdragon clocked at 1 Ghz, 802.11n, 8 MP camera (with flash), and a 1400 mAh battery, but things like the final screen resolution and version of Android are still up in the air.

Be sure to check out the video and image gallery. [engadget]

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4 years ago

Sprint Epic 4G initial impressions and hands-on video

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Sprint Samsung Epic 4G

The Sprint Epic 4G is the third of the Samsung Galaxy S-class phones to be released in the United States. And it comes with a few additions over its already-released cousins, the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant. Initial thoughts and hands-on video are after the break, folks.

(And we know you have questions, and we'll have answers. Ask 'em in this forum thread, and we'll make you famous.)

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4 years ago

Froyo for Droid X leaked; can't be too long now

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 Froyo running on Droid X

Last we heard about the Motorola Droid X getting some Froyo, the date of "early summer" and "by early September" were being thrown around. That might be about to change, as a forum poster on My Droid World seems to have gotten his hands on the DX's Froyo release. In addition to posting some pictures, he goes on to promise that the update is "less than 24hrs away." Now, this is completely unconfirmed by anyone, and we have seen many-a rumored Froyo release date on Verizon come and pass sans update, so take this with a healthy dose of skepticism.

That said, we won't blame any of you Droid X users if you mash on the "System Updates" button (Menu > Settings > About Phone FYI) throughout the day. Just try not do get your hopes up too much, ok? As a DInc owner, I know the feeling far too well. Check out another picture past the link. [My Droid World] Thanks, Josh!

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4 years ago

Droid Pro is a Droid 2 with global support; LG enV2 Touch to be Android-powered

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The not so secret Droid Pro now is said to be a Droid 2 with GSM and CDMA radios inside -- aka a "World Phone," according to an Engadget tipster. No word on a price point yet, though, it is safe to presume that a similar device with global capabilities will probably cost you a little more than $200 with a two year contract (plus whatever happens on the data side). In terms of release, Engadget's source is claiming that we should see it within the next few weeks.

If one inside tip wasn't enough, there is also word of LG releasing a successor to the popular LG enV Touch; named, well -- you probably already guessed it -- the LG enV Touch 2. Quite a mouthful, eh? Unlike its orginal make, this enV will be preloaded with Android 2.1 and will rock two touch screens -- with full QWERTY keyboard. And if one global Android device wasn't enough this holiday, the enV Touch 2 is also to be a global device. [Engadget]

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4 years ago

HTC Desire Z (Vision) and HTC Desire HD (Ace) set to release in Europe soon, found advertised on mobile site

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HTC Desire Z

The HTC Desire Z, also known as the Vision, as well as the HTC Desire HD, formerly known as the Ace, are set to be released soon. HTC is holding a special event on September 15, most likely to introduce its new lineup of phones. 

Online store mobile.co.uk has begun displaying the new Desires, sort of. They're shown in silhouette, there are no specs listed, and "prices have not yet been confirmed." It's likely what we're looking at here is a retailer looking to get ahead of the pitch, not a formal declaration that the phones are on their way. (That said, we're pretty confident that the phones are on their way.)

As for those specs, however, here's a recap of what we think is known:

Desire Z:

  • 3.7-inch screen 
  • 480 x 800
  • Android 2.1 (Eclair)
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor

Desire HD:

  • 4.3-inch screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • 8mp camera
  • 4GB internal memory
  • 720p video capture
  • 1GHz processor

Two strong Android phones, these are great follow ups to the original Desire, another great device. [HTC Source]

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4 years ago

Trillian multi-client IM app now in open beta for Android

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Trillian IM chat

Who has two thumbs, seven Android phones and has a hankering for some multi-client instant messaging on Android? This guy. The popular desktop IM client Trillian is now in open beta for Android for a limited time. With it, you can keep up with your pals on AIM, Gtalk, IRC, Mobile Me, Facebook, MySpaceIM, Yahoo and a handful of other protocols, all from a single app on your phone.

Along with the usual Trillian support, you get tabbed chats, landscape mode, and can sent emoticons, photos and send pings (oh boy) to your friends "to demand attention."

The beta period won't last forever, and the app will expire at the end of the beta (at which time we'll likely have to pay for it. So snag it now and give it a shot. [Trillian]

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4 years ago

From the Forums -- aHome 4 beta released

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aHome beta 4  aHome Beta 4

Whether you're getting tired of the vanilla look, or feeling like PhilBlur just isn't for you, or just ready to try something new, the good people at Mappn have delivered. We looked at aHome 4 a few weeks back when we got hold of some leaked screen shots, and now you can, too.  The developers are actively seeking feedback, and looking for some artistic types to work up some more themes as well.  Give it a look! [Android Central forums]

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4 years ago

Google calendar sync now to support Outlook 2010

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calendar

Calendars are something that we all depend on, and Google has done a great job with ensuring that the Google Calendar service sync's with almost any service. But until recently, we were missing a huge one -- Outlook. Google has introduced Outlook 2010 support to Google Sync. It runs on your desktop, where it syncs your Outlook to your gmail, which then can sync to your Android phone. For more information, as well as set up instructions, hit the source link. [Gmail Blog]

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4 years ago

Spare a penny? Score a Samsung Vibrant from Amazon

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For those of you frugal readers who missed T-Mobile's 24-hour $99 Samsung Vibrant sale, Amazon is looking to one-up them with a sale of its own, offering the very phone for a mere $0.01 listed price, no shenanigans.

Amazon and Amazon Wireless are selling the Vibrant for one penny -- with a two-year contract, of course -- and with there being only a pennies difference between getting it for free or paying (a penny) for it, it's safe to say this is virtually free, if not quite a steal. The Vibrant (read our full review here) sports Android 2.1, a snappy 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, a beautiful 4-inch Super AMOLED  screen, 5-megapixel camera, 16GB internal storage and plenty of other perks that over qualify this phone to be, "the best penny you ever spent." (Thanks to all of you who sent this in!)

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4 years ago

Remembering and forgetting Wifi networks

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4 years ago

Factory firmware for Samsung Tab availble, even if the device isn't

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Samsung Tab

While we're all waiting for release dates and information about Samsung's Tab (which may not even be called the Tab), we don't have to wait for the tablet's software.  Samsung-Firmwares has a copy of the European version's ROM, and it gives us some insight to the a few of the technical details:

Hopefully, a gigantic SAMOLED screen is on board as well, but we can't tell that from the firmware. You curious hacker-types can check out the software HERE (.rar password is samsung-firmwares.com).  [Samsung-Firmwares via OLED-Dispaly.net]

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4 years ago

It's not the Androids that make you crazy

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 Yes, you are crazy

In the end, it's not the giant Android cake, with more of that fondant stuff than should be allowed by the FDA. And it's not the gang of Android minis on the tower in the background. No, it's the cat poster that has us worrying here. That's just not right. Hit the link for more where that came from. [Android Central Forums]

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4 years ago

After 'Gingerbread,' next Android version to be called 'Honeycomb?'

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TechRadar has done some digging, and actually have "multiple sources" that confirm that the version of Android following Android 3.0 ("Gingerbread") will be named "Honeycomb." Following Google's naming conventions for the OS, one could reasonably assume that a snack starting with "H" was up for the next next update. The previous named versions are: 1.5 ("Cupcake"), 1.6 ("Donut"), 2.0/1 ("Eclair"), and 2.2 ("Froyo"). There weren't many choices available, but I personally was rooting for "Haagen-Daz." [TechRadar via Gizmodo]

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4 years ago

Vodafone preps for Samsung Galaxy Tab

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 Samsung Galaxy Tab on Vodafone

If you're on Vodafone and itching to get the as-yet-announced Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet, see here! Looks like the Euro carrier's getting ready for the big guy, and it'll be available off-contract as well as on contract, which is nice. As for when it will be available? That's still an unknown, though word on the street is we may see it announced in a month or so. 

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4 years ago

Custom recovery for Droid X -- almost there

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Droid X recovery

Android hacker Koush has done it again, this time by creating a method to (almost) have his famous Clockwork recovery on the Motorola Droid X.  He does state that this isn't a "real" recovery, and there's a big list of caveats and issues attached. Frankly, unless you understand the cautions and warnings pointed out, wait another week before giving it a whirl.  I don't think this can brick your X, but it could leave you scratching your head and feeling helpless while it refuses to boot up.

The good news -- this is Koush we're talking about.  If anyone can work magic on a Moto, he can.  He already has plans to get this in Rom Manager, which will make things easier, and while the locked and encrypted bootloader may keep a full custom recovery from ever happening, you can bet this working method will be refined and made more usable in the near future. 

Moto, we love you.  We love your Android phones.  Do you see now that it isn't worth it?  As long as you make handsets we want to buy, we will find a way to open them up.  Save yourself the headache, and the money and stop locking down your phones, please.

We're not going to give any download links for this one, because each and every person who plans to use it needs to read the warnings from the developer himself.  You can find those, as well as download information in the source link.  [MyBrainHurts -- Koushik Dutta's blog]

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